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'There's always a puncher's chance but I feel it's a landslide towards Floyd': McGregor's old foe Duffy

Joseph Duffy was asked for his opinion on MMA Hour.

'Watch me take over over boxing.'
'Watch me take over over boxing.'
Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO

“WATCH ME TAKE over boxing — trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming.”

Those were the words of Conor McGregor on Friday night after he watched Michael Conlan win his first professional bout at Madison Square Garden.

Talk surrounding a Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather super fight has been to the fore over the past few weeks, and months, and there’s no sign of it stopping any time soon.

McGregor, of course, is fully confident that he can do the business against one of the most renowned boxers the world has ever seen if the opportunity arises, but old foe Joseph Duffy isn’t quite as sure.

Having won his UFC Fight Night 107 contest with Reza Madadi in London on Saturday night, Donegal native Duffy appeared on this week’s episode of MMA hour.

Joseph Duffy Joseph Duffy. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Duffy took some time away from MMA himself to undertake a professional boxing career, in which he held a perfect 7-0 record in the ring before returning to MMA in 2014.

The 29-year-old beat McGregor back in November 2010, and while he doesn’t write the Dubliner off, he feels that Mayweather most definitely has the upper hand.

“I think in a combat sport, there’s always a puncher’s chance, no matter what. In MMA or boxing, there is always that puncher’s chance.

“I feel that Floyd is probably used to being in there with bigger hitters than Conor. Them boxers really do hit.

On the scorecards, I really don’t [give McGregor a chance]. I really feel it’s a landslide towards Floyd. He’s one of the best of all time.


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“How he made [Manny] Pacquiao look, and Pacquiao is one of the best boxers we’ve seen in a long time. I think that just proves the level he’s at. Canelo [Saul Alvarez] is probably a bigger hitter than Conor, and how he boxed him — it’s different.

It takes a while to get into the sport and get up to a par. I think if he pursued boxing for a long time, he could have done very well in it, definitely.

“But Floyd has been doing this since he was a child and I really just can’t see it going any other way.”

The potential clash has been discussed for quite a while without any solid confirmation of the date or venue, but UFC boss Dana White has said it’s now inevitable that the pair will face off – it’s just a matter of when.

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